EDITORIALS

Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory

Interviewing References

Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory Cover Image

So, you have actually done it. A company has put you through the wringer and forced you to interview with just about everyone at the firm. You have beaten the competition to a pulp. You are standing all alone in your victory. Now comes the moment of truth. They ask you for references. Like...


Jun 12, 2017

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Phones don’t bite

Interviewing Networking

Phones don’t bite Cover Image

One of our chapter chairs called me recently, and as usual when he calls, we had a wide ranging conversation about members of The FENG, friends (sometimes these two overlap), and family matters. There generally aren’t many moments of silence since we always have so much to talk about. Sinc...


Jun 07, 2017

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Job leads versus the job market

Interviewing Job Leads & Job Boards

Job leads versus the job market Cover Image

It is a true fact (as opposed to a false fact) that most people over value job leads. Perhaps I have said this before, but the real deal is networking, networking and more networking. That said I thought it might be of interest to all of you for me to share my own personal theories as to w...


Jun 04, 2017

By Matt Bud, The FENG

It must make sense (to them) Cover Image

When I was in my mid-30’s, I had the great honor of being treasurer of my congregation, a job I held for 4 full years. It is probably true that I lean towards all consuming jobs. Or, perhaps I just try to do a good job even when I am not getting paid. Nonetheless, I discovered a lot about ...


May 22, 2017

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Help, I’m trapped in a nut shell! Cover Image

There is no greater challenge in this world than summing yourself up in 90 seconds or writing a proper summary for your resume. As many of you know, I was CFO of an advertising agency in the 1980’s. Initially, I used to wonder why the creative folks got paid so well. As I got more and more...


May 18, 2017

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Are you over qualified? Cover Image

I’m sure tonight’s topic will generate a lot of comments. Those of you who would like to join in on this discussion are invited to send your comments to [email protected] The short answer to the question of the moment is: I hope so! If you weren’t, I’m not really sure how you were added t...


May 03, 2017

By Matt Bud, The FENG

A cut in pay Cover Image

Probably one of the most upsetting and disappointing aspects of searching for a new job when you are “well experienced” is the need to consider positions for which the compensation is considerably less than your last job. I suppose it is part of our mind set as accountants that we tend to ...


May 02, 2017

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Maintaining your focus Cover Image

Life is made up of a lot of endless details. And, as financial people, the endless details are where we shine. I have said from time to time that eating an elephant is best done one bite at a time. (Mustard would probably also be a good idea.) Most tasks, no matter how enormous they may se...


Apr 27, 2017

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Spring has sprung Cover Image

In the past week, it is clear that spring is finally here in Connecticut. As you all probably know, I work out of my home office, and I am fortunate that it faces a heavily wooded area. During the winter, I can see my neighbor’s property off in the distance and sort of notice when there is...


Apr 25, 2017

By Matt Bud, The FENG

A fair fight Cover Image

One of the most over rated things in this world is a fair fight. I suppose the belief in a fair fight is to a very large degree all part of the American Western heritage of the gunfighter. Two men armed with six-shooters (the great equalizer) standing 20 paces apart face each other in the ...


Apr 18, 2017

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Don’t call me, I’ll call you Cover Image

I have been trying to do a better job of keeping up with my email these days. I must admit that from time to time I have fallen very far behind. (My personal record is 600 or 800 unanswered after one of my vacations, but that was a long time ago.) Sure, I know all of you can appreciate how...


Apr 16, 2017

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Too smart for our own good Cover Image

One of the problems with being a senior financial executive is that we have all the answers. We have, for good or bad, “been there and done that.” Frankly, it is hard to conceal that knowledge and experience in an interview. Call it “overqualified” or whatever name you like, but it is diff...


Apr 11, 2017

By Matt Bud, The FENG

The ability to communicate Cover Image

The changes that have taken place in the past 15 years in our ability to communicate are truly remarkable. What with personal computers, email, cell phones, voice mail, iPads and iPhones you can use just about from anywhere, you would think that those of us engaged in business pursuits wou...


Apr 09, 2017

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Setting expectations Cover Image

One of the very important issues facing us as an organization is the “care and feeding” of our many friends in the search community. (And, there aren’t many left.) While studies have shown that only about 15% of the jobs in this country are handled by recruiters, to me they are still an im...


Apr 03, 2017

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Miles of bad advice Cover Image

If there is any one thing that is consistent among senior executives who are in the job market for the first time in many years, it is their inability to distinguish between good and bad advice. The simple story is that if you hear it from me, Doug Fine or Bruce Lynn it is good advice. If ...


Apr 02, 2017

By Matt Bud, The FENG

The grass is not always greener

Standing Out From the Crowd

The grass is not always greener Cover Image

Out of the frying pan, into the fire. We sure have a lot of expressions relating to the very simple problem of thinking that life would be better if we were only somewhere else. I’ll add another: You can’t go home again. I can assure you that the dream job you once had contained blemishes ...


Mar 23, 2017

By Matt Bud, The FENG

The race to the finish line Cover Image

Stop me if I am wrong, but I guess many folks find job search a painful process. Perhaps it is the lack of a steady paycheck, or the uncertainty, or the rejection. Just like beating your head against a wall, it sure feels good when you can stop. (Is this why we are having so much fun or wh...


Mar 08, 2017

By Matt Bud, The FENG

The fine line Cover Image

To call or not to call, that is the question. To write or not to write, that is the question. When is enough, enough? (Or perhaps you should just show up in person and demand to see someone?) At what point do you move from showing your persistence and tenacity to just being a pest? Well, t...


Feb 06, 2017

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Coziness is a state of mind Cover Image

I suppose that at times being a member of the runaway train we call The FENG would appear not to lend itself to a whole lot of warm fuzzies. Ah, if only we could return to those halcyon days when there were only 50 of us and on a good day 15 of us would gather around that small table in th...


Jan 10, 2017

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Conflicting advice Cover Image

Wouldn’t it be nice if every time you asked a question, you got the same answer? Unfortunately it seems that every time you ask a question, sometimes even of the same person, you get different answers. Perhaps this is good. It gives you the chance, as an adult, to make your own decisions a...


Jan 09, 2017

By Matt Bud, The FENG